Film Fest 919 Update, The French Dispatch, Oleg: The Oleg Vidov Story.
Hi Carl, and hello to all of our listeners; I spent last week in Chapel Hill, NC attending Film Fest 919. As a member of their advisory board, it’s always enjoyable to attend in person. The winning audience films were a tie, with “King Richard” starring Will Smith and “C’mon C’mon” starring Joaquin Phoenix. Both are four-star hits for me as well.
I interviewed songwriter Diane Warren, filmmaker Chris Bergoch and filmmaker Joan Borsten Vidov.
Here’s a clip from Joan Borsten Vidov for the film “Oleg: The Oleg Vidov Story,” I also hosted the Q&A after the screening.
“The French Dispatch”
Wes Anderson’s quirky film, “The French Dispatch,” rated R is opening this weekend, the film takes place in the 70s. I screened it during Film Fest 919; it’s classic Wes Anderson style with actors. It’s a bit slow to start, with a female nearly nude model (Léa Seydoux) in a prison being painted by a prisoner, (Benicio Del Toro). Timothée Chalamet, in the next chapter or edition, is a breath of fresh air, I loved the aces between he and Frances McDormand.
The film stars, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murry, Timothée Chalamet, Adrien Brody, and Frances McDormand.
It’s the story of journalists working in France. Here’s one of my favorite lines, “Try to make it sound like you wrote it that way on purpose.” I’d say three and a half stars out of four.
Thanks so much for listening in tonight. I’m Sarah Knight Adamson, your National Film and TV critic for Sarah’s Backstage Pass.
Sarah Knight Adamson© October 31, 2021